How to enable Auto-login for an user account in Solus & Solus MATE

Enable Automatic Login for an account
Enable Automatic Login for an account

Most of Linux distros gives you ‘Auto-login’ option while configuring the user account during the setup process. This option bypasses the login screen where the user must login to the user account by entering the password. Solus doesn’t give that option during setup. Eventually, the Solus team may decide to add it at some point of time. But no worries, you can still enable auto-login any time.

Enable Auto-login in Solus

STEP 1: Click on the budgie menu icon, type ‘Users’ in the search box, and hit enter.

Launch Users
Launch Users

STEP 2: In the ‘Users’ dialog box, click ‘Unlock’ and enter the root password.

Unlock Settings
Unlock Settings

STEP 3: Now select the user account for which you want to enable auto-login. Then turn on ‘Automatic Login’.

Enable Automatic Login for an account
Enable Automatic Login for an account

That’s it. Next time your restart your PC, Solus will not prompt for login password for the chosen user account.

Enable Auto-login in Solus MATE

Solus MATE users can disable password authentication for login as follows:

STEP 1: Click ‘System’ > ‘Administration’ > ‘Users & Groups’.

Launch Users & Groups
Launch Users & Groups

STEP 2:  Select the user account and then click ‘Change’ next to ‘Password’.

Change Login Type
Change Login Type

STEP 3: For some unknown reason, I can’t get the ‘Don’t ask for password on login’ working. Seems like some bug. I believe this is the option that enables automatic login. If it’s not working for you too, don’t worry, I have a command-line method for it until the team fixes this issue.

DIsable Password
Disable Password

Manual Command-line method for Solus MATE

STEP 1: Open ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Enter the following command to first install gedit.

sudo eopkg install gedit

STEP 3: Let’s create a file:

sudo mkdir /etc/lightdm

STEP 3: We shall now edit the lightdm.conf file.

sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

STEP 4: The file will be blank. Add this content to the file. Make sure to replace ‘*****’ with your user name.

[SeatDefaults]
autologin-user=*****

STEP 5: Click ‘Save’ and restart the PC.

That’s it. Solus MATE should auto-login for that account.

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Jaymoon
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FYI, the first line of the lightdm.conf file should read:
[SeatDefaults]

Otherwise, great guide!

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